Trains to National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

Getting to The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham by Train

For an easy and convenient trip, take the train to National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham , where the nearest station is Birmingham New Street. Birmingham New Street Station is the main station in the city centre, which connects to all major cities in the UK. Other nearby station include Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street.

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is on the canalside in The Gas Street Quarter of Brindley Place. It's about a 15-minute walk on foot from Birmingham New Street. Head left out of the station and follow the canal path until you reach the Sea Life centre.

Taxis are also readily available from Birmingham New Street and provide a convenient door-to-door option.


Birmingham New Street (BHM)

Birmingham New Street station
Station Street
West Midlands
B2 4QA
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Birmingham Moor Street (BMO)

Birmingham Moor Street station
West Midlands
B4 7UL
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Birmingham Snow Hill (BSW)

Birmingham Snow Hill station
Colmore Row
West Midlands
B3 2BJ
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Birmingham New Street station information

Staffing level Full time
Information systems
  • DepartureScreens
  • ArrivalScreens
  • Announcements
Station operator Network Rail
Ticket office opening times

On the main concourse next to WH Smiths

  • Monday to Saturday: 05:15 - 23:00
  • Sunday: 08:00 - 23:00
Pre-purchase collection Yes
Ticket machine Yes
Smartcards issued here No
Validate Smartcards here No
Penalty fares WM
Customer service information

Luggage received from terminated trains at Birmingham New Street only

Left luggage

Available: Yes

Telephone: 0121 314 0901


Lost property

Telephone: 0330 024 0215


  • Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 17:30
First class lounge opening times


On the paid concourse between Platforms 3 & 4

Tickets Accepted

Avanti West Coast (Business, First Open or Advance First) tickets only. You can only enter the lounge on the travel date shown on your ticket.


Dedicated business areas are fully equipped with telephone points, desks, fax photocopier and modem facilities, screens with updated train information.


Tea, coffee, soft drinks.


Wi-Fi is available


No showers are available

  • Monday to Friday: 06:15 - 19:45
  • Saturday: 08:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Seated area
Waiting room

There are two large seating areas beyond the ticket barrier between the escalators to platforms 5b and 8b. All platforms have waiting areas with seating

Station buffet

Food & drink available throughout the station. Rehydration and water refill points are available throughout the station.


Male, Female, Accessible and Baby Change facilities are available in all parts of the station.

These are located between:

  • Platforms 2 - 3a (Blue Lounge)
  • Platforms 10 - 11a (Yellow Lounge)
  • Platforms 10 - 11b (Red Lounge)
Baby changing facilities

Female toilets,Male toilets

Post box

No post box within the station. On exiting the station at the Corner of Stephenson St / Navigation St (for Victoria Square) head towards Pinfold Street for the nearest post office 0.2miles Post Office 1 Pinfold Street Birmingham West Midlands B2 4AA

ATM machine

ATM machines are located on the paid concourse

  • Boots located on the main concourse, before the ticket barrier
  • Camden Food located beyond the ticket barrier
  • Costa located beyond the ticket barrier next to Platform 5b escalator
  • Funky Pigeon located beyond the ticket barrier between Platform escalators 9-10
  • M&S Food located on the main concourse
  • Mi Casa Burritos located beyond the ticket barrier next to Platform 9 escalator
  • The Pasty Shop located beyond the ticket barrier next to Platform 7 escalator
  • W H Smith located on the main concourse, before the ticket barrier

We want everyone to travel with confidence. That is why, if you are planning on travelling on national rail services, you can request an assistance booking in advance - now up to 2 hours before your journey is due to start, any time of the day. For more information about Passenger Assist and how to request an assistance booking via Passenger Assist, please click here .


If you wish to book assistance but are not sure which train operator you are travelling with, you can call 0800 022 3720. On calling, you will be referred to the appropriate train operator.


Staff help

Journey Care assistance is available prior to travel via the relevant Train Operator:

We can provide assistance at the station during the hours we're open to the public. Passengers can book additional assistance on the day at the Network Rail reception or call 0121 654 4243.

However please be made aware that if arrangements haven't been made via Journey Care prior to travel, there will be a wait but our policy is to make it happen.

  • Monday to Sunday: 07:30 - 23:59
Induction loop available Yes
Ticket machine

Staff available to assist where required.

Accessible booking office counter available

Floorwalkers are available to assist all customers

Ramp for train access available
Accessible taxis information

Taxis drop off within the 'drop & go' off the Hill Street entrance.

The taxi rank is on Navigation Street (Stephenson Street / Victoria Square exit).

All taxis are accessible with manual wheelchairs, most are accessible with electric wheelchairs.

For more information visit Traintaxi

Accessible public phones

Located opposite Network Rail Reception on the main concourse

National Key toilets available

Close to Platforms 1A and 12A and Platforms 10 and 11B

Step free access

The footpath to the new entrance from Hill St is now step free, and there is level access from the drop off point.

All platforms have lifts and escalators

Ticket gates

Wide gates are available for wheelchair users, buggy's and passengers with luggage.

Impaired mobility set down available

Assistance is available to and from platforms, though we can help more effectively if you call us in advance on 0121 654 2528 (Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00) or outside these times 0121 654 4243.

Alternatively, please contact Passenger Assist of the relevant train operator:

  • West Midlands Railway - 0800 024 8998
  • Avanti West Coast - 0800 0158 123
Car park 1 Short Stay Car Park
Car park 1 operator APCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car park 1 spaces 38
Car park 1 opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Car park 1 contact details

Telephone: 0345 077 4224


Onward travel

There are nearby bus stops on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street

Most buses are wheelchair accessible.

For information go to the local travel information office by the Stephenson Street entrance. Alternatively, visit Transport for West Midlands , or call 0121 214 7214.

Cycle storage available Yes
Cycle storage spaces 58
Cycle storage sheltered Yes
Cycle storage CCTV Yes
Cycle storage information

If you want to take your bicycle on the train, please check with the relevant train operator beforehand

Cycle storage types
  • Stands
Taxi rank
Metro services

For details of the Midland Metro (tram network) visit:


Regular train service to Birmingham International. 10 - 15 minute journey

Departures and arrivals from Birmingham New Street

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About Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham New Street station is a major railway hub in the UK, with connections to destinations across the country.

The station is open from early morning until late at night, and has a variety of facilities to make your journey comfortable, including ticket machines, seating, waiting areas and a left luggage office. CCTV is available throughout the station for added security. The station also has a variety of cafes and shops for snacks and refreshments.

Several bus routes stop close to the station on Smallbrook Queensway and Hill Street, making it easy to get to and from nearby attractions.

Birmingham New Street Station is well-connected to London Euston with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 57 minutes, with tickets costing from just £8 one-way when you book in advance.

About The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

See penguins and sharks at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham aquarium, alongside green sea turtles, otters, jellyfish, rays and a rainbow of tropical fish. Walk through the UK's only 360-degree underwater tunnel and witness life on the ocean floor.

What are the highlights of The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham?

Escape into the undersea world of The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham aquarium, with a million-litre tank and a unique 360-degree underwater tunnel.

Explore 11 captivating zones, from the enchanting seahorses and mesmerising jellyfish, to the resilient starfish, sea urchins and anemones.

Summon up the courage to enter the Tropical Ocean zone for a close-up encounter with incredible black tip reef sharks. These magnificent creatures are normally found on the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and are part of a unique European breeding programme here at the Birmingham aquarium.

Marvel at the colony of charming Gentoo penguins in their icy Antarctic home, including adorable newborn chicks that’ll melt your heart. Watch these little birds glide gracefully under the water and listen out for the unmistakable trumpeting calls of Gentoo penguins, and learn more about this near threatened penguin species and what the centre is doing to protect them.

Explore the Clownfish Kingdom and discover vibrant, colourful clownfish thriving in its lush environment.

Delve into the UK Seas exhibit to learn about the diverse creatures inhabiting British waters, from crabs and lobsters to seals and dolphins.

Enhance your visit with unique SEA LIFE Birmingham experiences. Dive into a VR deep sea adventure, or feed smaller aquarium creatures with Scatter Feed, ideal for families with kids aged 5+. The magical Meet the Otters offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the marine mammal rescue facility, including a rare meeting with Alaskan sea otters. Exclusive for up to 2 adults aged 16+.

How to get tickets and when is the best time to visit The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

Plan to spend about 1.5 to 2 hours to explore everything at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, although timings depend on how fast you go. Check on arrival if there are any talks or feeding times you want to attend. There are no cafes at the aquarium, but they do have toilet facilities.

Before you arrive, pre-book your tickets ahead of time online for a timed slot, as you cannot enter SEA LIFE without booking. Under-threes go free. Check online for SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham opening times and prices.

Check on the centre’s website for any deals or offers including multi-attraction tickets to nearby LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre. Add on any virtual reality experiences at the time of booking, and time your visit to coincide with any special events such as Pirate treasure hunts during school holidays.

Handy tip: When you travel with West Midlands Railway, get an exclusive discounted entry to some of the UK’s top attractions, including National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre .

What other attractions and activities are near The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham?

The Gas Street Quarter is the heart of Brindley Place and is home to The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. After your visit, spend the day in Brindleyplace with its canalside location and tree-lined squares.

Don’t miss the renowned Ikon Gallery , for its surprising and innovative contemporary artworks in a mixture of sound, film, mixed media, photography, paintings, sculptures and installations. Visitors love the Singing Lift by Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed, where a choir sings scales as the lift goes up or down. Ikon is next door to The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham aquarium, and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Families can make a day of it by also visiting LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre . This indoor attraction is just two minutes from the aquarium and is perfect for kids aged 3-10. With rides, a 4D cinema, a miniature UK replica and more, kids will be sure to have a blast. Plan to spend two to three hours exploring, and don't forget to refuel at the cafe. Check online for combined tickets with SEA LIFE Birmingham.

Enjoy a canal stroll in Brindley Place along the towpaths and explore The Waterside Quarter's transformed historic warehouses housing restaurants, cafes and bars. Don't miss out on Lulu Wild for imaginative Chinese cuisine paired with mesmerising cocktails and bottomless brunches. Nearby, relax by the water at The Canal House and enjoy the canal basin views and creative dishes from this traditional pub including hanging kebabs.